Paramount Theatre

727 Church Street,
Nashville, TN 37203

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TheatreOrgan on July 14, 2019 at 2:41 pm

The new courthouse on Church Street between seventh and eighth Avenue will take up the entire city block due to a requirement since Oklahoma City bombing of that courthouse, The former Paramount theatre is within this block which means the courthouse will be on top of where the Paramount theater was located. The two older buildings still on the lot on eighth Avenue, where the former Hammond organ dealer was, will be staying.

Church Street Park, between Capitol Boulevard and 6th Ave. North, which is across from the public library, is where the Paramount tower was planned. To learn more about what’s happening in downtown Nashville go to the UrbanPlanet.Org and select Nashville. There is a thread on the link for the Paramount and the courthouse .

DavidZornig on July 14, 2019 at 10:05 am

New page for the Midtown Theatre, which had opened by 1977 in the Singer store space seen left of center in the Overview photo for the Paramount at the top.

TheatreOrgan on July 13, 2019 at 11:56 pm

The new US Federal Courthouse is being built at 8th and Church St. The Paramount was the second building from the corner (it closed in 1979) and its' building footprint will be included in the Courthouse building.

The park you mentioned is across Church St from the entrance to the demolished Loew’s.Theatre. There was to be a Hotel/Condo combo built there, and it was to be called The Paramount, but those plans are on hold.

DavePrice on July 13, 2019 at 7:58 pm

Nor could I find anything current but here’s a February story which explains the fuss.

DavidZornig on July 13, 2019 at 7:38 pm

Can’t find anything online more recent than March 2019, when it was still a go.
I am in Chicago.

DavePrice on July 13, 2019 at 7:02 pm

Back to my wondering about the recent business about whether or not to keep the park where several buildings burned several years ago. This may have been the planned structure that all the fuss was about and if so wasn’t it called off?

DavidZornig on July 13, 2019 at 6:56 pm

Ah, I see.
From above it looked like it was across from the Hilton Homewood Suites.
I stand corrected, it is further down the street.
So something else is being built on the former Paramount Theatre site.

DavePrice on July 13, 2019 at 6:24 pm

We’re looking at different pictures, the view that your link brings up for me shows the tower across Church from the Library and specifically states “between Sixth and Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard.”

DavidZornig on July 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm

Both the March 2019 Google street view and the rendering in the above link, show the vintage building which is today the Hilton Homewood Suites at Polk Street across Church Street from the Paramount site. Which it is in the 1968 Overview photo as well. It could be confusing as the construction site appears to be a full city block long, from 7th Street to Rosa Parks Blvd. on that side of the street. If you further up Church Street in the Google Street view, it reverts to May 2016 and has the former Ben Franklin Store building still standing. With parking lots to it’s left all the way to 7th Street. The Ben Franklin Store is also pictured in the 1968 Overview photo at the top. It gives a more complete view of Church from 2016 to 2019. Granted the link is from January 2019, but there may be more recent links to be found.

DavePrice on July 13, 2019 at 4:58 pm

The way I see that rendering, the new building will not be on the Paramount site but rather across Church from the old Loew’s Vendome, in fact it appears to be on the very spot that a recent squabble arose regarding the city selling off the small park between Sixth Avenue and what I have always called Capitol Boulevard but which is referred to here as “Anne Dallas Dudley Boulevard.” I wonder if this announcement is now outdated by the decision to leave the park alone.

DavidZornig on July 13, 2019 at 3:19 pm

“Paramount” is the name of the tower being built on the site.
Current street view shows the foundation is already well along.

DavidZornig on July 9, 2019 at 9:13 pm

Came across a Metro Nashville Archives photo that has a Midtown Theatre (XXX) in the space where the Singer store is in the Overview photo. Does it have a CT page under another name, or does one need to be added for it?

DavidZornig on October 7, 2017 at 11:12 pm

1957 photo added courtesy of Ralph Mitchell.

TheatreOrgan on May 25, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Bob Luck, and my organ instructor, Mary Doster, were some of the organists in the latter years before the Wurlitzer was removed.

DavePrice on May 25, 2016 at 5:26 pm

I don’t remember Frank Bobo but I remember Bob Luck or Lux who played it in the late 40s. Delmas Jenkins was at the Paramount opening night and said the organist was named “C. Sharp Minor.” This info may be in an earlier post.

rivest266 on May 25, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

TheatreOrgan on December 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm

On the contrary, MPotts, if you’ll check the book “The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ” – An Illustrated History, by David Junchen, published in 2005, you’ll see a picture of the restored 1930 Nashville Paramount Wurlitzer, Opus 2132, 3 manual/15 rank, Balaban 3 style, on page ix in the Preface section of the book. Jeff Weiler, present day theatre organist, is posing in front of the console. The organ is very much alive and playable!

mpotts on December 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Frank Bobo, who played the “Mighty Wurlitzer” at the Paramount, was also a staff musician at WSIX Radio where my mother worked. He played for my parents' wedding in 1947. I remember seeing the Paramount console, but never heard the organ. This would’ve been sometime in the 50s; console was still in the orchestra pit. Unfortunately the organ was removed by a person who scattered it abroad instead of saving it or selling it to someone who would preserve it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Tis,Nick wrote somewhere he wants more PICTURES.You send them down and I will see that he gets them or by-pass Me and Mail them to Nick,any personal pics from your days?

DavePrice on April 25, 2011 at 7:58 pm

No I didn’t work in the booth but I was a good union billposter in my young days. I bet you remember old Mac who managed the Capitol and then the Bordeaux- I posted a lot of paper with him. That was in the winter, in the summer I was off with the circus. Oops- I’m going to air all my old linen here if I don’t watch it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

RIGHT ON,Dave,If you were an operator,thanks for the years you gave us in the booth.I got out right when all that was about to change,I wanted to manage and promote films,the Booth was your guys world.

DavePrice on April 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I’m sure you’re right, Mike. Everywhere you look there’s some cheaper way to run things. And of course there are experienced people sitting at home unable to find work.

I’m glad I’m an old man and have had my day- sure wouldn’t want to start over in today’s world.

I’ll just sign as “The Old Grouch”

(I’d rather be a has-been than a never-was)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 7:32 pm

When those carbon arcs were pulled out of Theatres across the country that is when the theatre Business ended as most of old theatre dawgs know, It wasn’t long before the platters showed up,Owner quickly realized a 17 year old could be trained to thread a film.No cue marks.No Carbons to adjust,so Who needed a union man in the booth. I saw it happen and I wanted NO part of it.Kids ran the booth and I bet in 90 per cent of the booths today are that way,but what the heck,Films are like Dvd’s now.Film is a thing of the past. Thanks Nick and Tis for caring.

TLSLOEWS on April 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Thanks again for posting those photos Nick.

DavePrice on April 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I have a LOT of Paramount lobby photos, but I don’t know how to post them here.